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Company Mac and Cheese

This is by far the creamiest, tastiest and most special macaroni and cheese I have ever tried. I'm not usually a fan of the homemade kind, but when a friend served this mac and cheese with cream cheese, I had to have the recipe. Since it's so little fuss and well received, it's a terrific potluck dish. —Catherine Odgen, Middlegrove, New York
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1-3/4 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 6 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, cubed
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 teaspoons spicy brown mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3/4 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 400°. Cook macaroni according to package directions. Meanwhile, melt 4 tablespoons butter in a large saucepan. Stir in flour until smooth. Gradually add milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes.
  • Reduce heat; add cheeses, mustard, salt and pepper. Stir until cheese is melted and sauce is smooth. Drain macaroni; add to cheese sauce and stir to coat.
  • Transfer to a greased shallow 3-qt. or 13x9-in. baking dish. Melt remaining butter; toss with bread crumbs and parsley. Sprinkle over macaroni. Bake, uncovered, until golden brown, 15-20 minutes.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 468 calories, 31g fat (18g saturated fat), 86mg cholesterol, 604mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 1g fiber), 15g protein.

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  • Audra
    Oct 12, 2020

    Found this recipe a month ago, and have made it twice now. My family loves it, and it holds up very well for leftovers the next day! I made it spicy the first time, and now we had it true to recipe. Love it!

  • rwippel
    May 29, 2020

    This is an excellent creamy Mac

  • Margaret
    May 18, 2020

    My family loved this! It was so good. I did add about 1/2 cup more cheese to the sauce; I used sharp cheddar. I cooked a full 1 lb box of macaroni pasta and used at least 80% of it- I kept adding to pasta u til it wasn’t overly saucy. I also added a handful more sharp cheddar to the pasta when I mixed in the sauce and I used Panko and dried parsley for the topping. It was super good and made a full 9x13 pan!

  • Darlene
    Aug 10, 2019

    IT WAS DELICIOUS. THANKS SO MUCH. I like a little spice, so I added some jalapeno jar peppers plus, parmesan/Romano cheese to the sauce. Also, I added some salt and garlic powder to the breadcrumbs, and topped the breadcrumbs off with a little parmesan cheese. Awesome!

  • Tobreth
    Jan 7, 2019

    Nice. I could maybe use a full Tablespoon of the brown mustard. I didn't have whole milk so used 1 cup chicken broth and one cup cream. Sub'd with the cheese we have on hand which is mexican blend. I would recommend only 1/2 cup bread crumbs and increasing noodles to maybe 10 ounces.

  • pikefamily
    Apr 19, 2018

    This was not good or at least my idea of Mac and Cheese. The cream cheese along with the flour butter, made it like paste. I added more and more milk to get the consistency thinner, but to no use. I literally threw it out. The raccoons liked it!

  • snker0521
    Apr 13, 2018

    My family loves this Mac and cheese. We may not always use elbow macaroni and we always use panko instead of bread crumbs for a crisper top, but otherwise it stays pretty much the same. Never any leftovers.

  • barbara
    Feb 17, 2018

    Quick to fix and my grandsons (8 & 10) really liked it.

  • Kasey
    Jan 30, 2018

    I use Hickory smoked Gruyere in place of the cheddar and add shredded extra sharp cheddar to the top instead of bread crumbs. After the 15-20 minutes in the oven i stick it under broil on Hi for 3-4 min just to brown and crisp the top layer of cheese a bit. It comes out incredible.

  • Kailey
    Nov 21, 2017

    This mac and cheese is INSANELY good! I did change some stuff though. I melted all of the butter and whisked it with rice flour instead of all purpose, then added the milk in and heated it until it was thick. After the milk was thickened, I put cream cheese and pepperjack cheese in until melted. I used rice pasta, and I made 16 ounces of it to mix in with the sauce. Literally the BEST mac and cheese I have ever tasted. Instead of salting the sauce, I put a bunch of salt in the water for boiling the pasta. I didn't even need to add extra salt to the sauce. YUM!!!